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mufi_02
August 5, 2018, 01:39 PM
What an experience!

We were 10 of us (friends and famlies) and took this 15 seater. It was a 5 hours drive. We left around 1pm and during the drive someone suggested to go to player's hotel before hand.

http://i64.tinypic.com/34euqt0.jpg

We did and was able to see the players very up close. We waited by the elevator and grabbed all the players for selfies and autographs.

First out came the WI players. But was only able to take some random pictures.

w/Ramdin (not me)

https://i.imgur.com/iTqlJOd.jpg

Badree

https://i.imgur.com/OyB9ZIO.jpg

Then came the BD players.

https://i.imgur.com/lQVNe6S.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/H5p68Ts.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/Sk7x7D2.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/ZV0zSiE.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/FvRoze6.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/ytevB18.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/gBS1T1J.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/6lHN2bG.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/yH76CHk.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/XmCcFxm.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/RSVErYE.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/PFAKxzC.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/agJHMCJ.jpg

mufi_02
August 5, 2018, 01:42 PM
Then finally came the big man! Mahmudullah Riyad. He didn't spend too much time but I followed him. He stopped for a bit and I patted him few times in the shoulder and said "good luck bhai. ajke hobe ajke hobe". Sneakily felt his biceps too. I always questioned what does Riyad eat that he is strong and called him a beast (opened a thread maybe too).

So here is me with the big man and being star struck (I am on the right with BD cap).

https://i.imgur.com/2SA1QaW.jpg

mufi_02
August 5, 2018, 01:46 PM
Observations

Mushfique was nice but seemed irritated. Sabbir spent the most time. Litton/Miraz were nice too and quiet shy.

Tamim/Shakib didn't stop. But Tamim is built like a solid player. I have seen him before few years ago but he looks so diff now. Very lean and broad shouldered. Saw Shakib few times in the past but he loook the same. Riyad is also very tall and quiet built.

Saw Miraz/Shabbir/Litton for the fist time. They are very diff in person. Not that muscular and not that tall.

But WI players were giants esp Russell and Brathwaite.

ahnaf
August 5, 2018, 01:49 PM
Apni je poster banaichen bolchen?

mufi_02
August 5, 2018, 01:54 PM
About the game

I will let others who went to the games to elaborate more. But it was a very tense game. BD crowds were vocal and it felt like home.

Tamim/Shakib seemed very focused. Tamim is a sweet timer of the ball. So is Soumya. When he connects, it seems effortless. Shakib plays intelligently and notices the fielder and improvises.

Rubel is clearly the fastest BD bowler. He zips through. Fizz is very quick too. Even though he gave a lot of runs, he seemed threatening and his bouncers were good.

Fielding was electric. Esp Litton Das. That dude was amazing in the boundary.

Arifur's dropped catch was the only big miss. Tamim was on the boundary too and when Arifur dropped it, he collapsed to the ground with his hand in the head.

But WI players were absolute monsters in batting. Our sixes barely crossed the ropes but Russell/Brathwaite/Fletcher tonked the ball for miles. Sailed over the stadium.

We could have never won if we planned to contain them. We took our chances and got those wickets. Fizz had to bowl those bouncers and make them play.

The game ebbed and flowed a lot. Apu held his nerve and bowled a magnificent last over.

mufi_02
August 5, 2018, 01:54 PM
@ rifat/naim/tausif/oneworld/ahsan/rest bhais, please share your pics/experiences here if you want.

mufi_02
August 5, 2018, 01:55 PM
Apni je poster banaichen bolchen?

Haha no. But I did something better. I felt his strong biceps.

Habib
August 5, 2018, 02:26 PM
Damn. That must have been Riyad's #MeToo moment. J/K. :D You are very lucky brother Mufi :)

adamnsu
August 5, 2018, 03:04 PM
Observations

Mushfique was nice but seemed irritated. Sabbir spent the most time. Litton/Miraz were nice too and quiet shy.

Tamim/Shakib didn't stop. But Tamim is built like a solid player. I have seen him before few years ago but he looks so diff now. Very lean and broad shouldered. Saw Shakib few times in the past but he loook the same. Riyad is also very tall and quiet built.

Saw Miraz/Shabbir/Litton for the fist time. They are very diff in person. Not that muscular and not that tall.

But WI players were giants esp Russell and Brathwaite.

Thanks for sharing.

Shabbir seems the fan pleaser from what I have seen previously.

In the early 2000s when Bangladesh toured UK, Rafiq was the most khaista person. All other players were more or less shy with fans but always had times for BD fans. Most friendly was Pilot.

al Furqaan
August 5, 2018, 03:13 PM
About the game



Tamim/Shakib seemed very focused. Tamim is a sweet timer of the ball. So is Soumya. When he connects, it seems effortless. Shakib plays intelligently and notices the fielder and improvises.

Rubel is clearly the fastest BD bowler. He zips through. Fizz is very quick too. Even though he gave a lot of runs, he seemed threatening and his bouncers were good.



Your batting reminded me of Tamim back in 2014 at Kissena park. But that was a tape ball and it was me and Ajfar bowling :lol:

Can't remember if you are a southpaw too.

Rubel is our quickest, but Fizz is quite quick too. People forget the guns recorded Fizz hitting 90 mph in South Africa last year.

How fast did Rony look? He was around the 80-82 mph mark on TV.

mufi_02
August 5, 2018, 03:27 PM
^ Rony seemed quite slow. But I couldn’t tell if he was just intentionally bowling slow or that’s just his natural speed. It’s hard to judge that from stadium.

Fizz looked almost as quick as Rubel. Esp some of his bouncers were.

Roey Haque
August 5, 2018, 06:11 PM
Nice pics. Any in game pics?

BengaliPagol
August 5, 2018, 07:01 PM
Observations

Mushfique was nice but seemed irritated. Sabbir spent the most time. Litton/Miraz were nice too and quiet shy.

Tamim/Shakib didn't stop. But Tamim is built like a solid player. I have seen him before few years ago but he looks so diff now. Very lean and broad shouldered. Saw Shakib few times in the past but he loook the same. Riyad is also very tall and quiet built.

Saw Miraz/Shabbir/Litton for the fist time. They are very diff in person. Not that muscular and not that tall.

But WI players were giants esp Russell and Brathwaite.

Exact same experiences I had when I encountered the BD team here in Sydney. Mushfique seemed irritated. The slightly newbies in the team seemed like a delight to speak with.

adamnsu
August 5, 2018, 07:57 PM
You should have touched Sarkar by a ghaar dhoira bair korra style 😁

One World
August 5, 2018, 08:34 PM
This is better than the actual game, :lol:

Yankees
August 5, 2018, 08:47 PM
Did you ask Mullah if he plans to score a 2nd Test century before he retires? If you did, maybe he would have touched you back.

NoName
August 5, 2018, 08:57 PM
Shabbir seems the fan pleaser from what I have seen previously

He's definitely on PR damage control

One World
August 5, 2018, 09:07 PM
Thread title reminds me the Neil Diamond song Sweet Caroline Hahaha

Rinathq
August 5, 2018, 09:15 PM
Wait u didn't slap Sabbir? U promised :(

aklemalp
August 5, 2018, 09:22 PM
Did he give you his consent? :D

Awesome pictures Mufi. Love hove bad *** Liton is.

aklemalp
August 5, 2018, 09:23 PM
I love that 15-seater vehicle; looks like a H2 Hummer limo

iDumb
August 5, 2018, 09:25 PM
https://i.imgur.com/2SA1QaW.jpg

haha you look like a creepy stalker. A serial killer that many years later ppl discover a photo liek that

But good to see you guys having fun. I think I should have went..would have been nice weekend break.

iDumb
August 5, 2018, 09:31 PM
was the stadium full> even rithgt now i see secgtion of stadium completely empty. how many ppl were tehr? it's a ?25k ?15k capacity ground yeah? 5k?

mufi_02
August 5, 2018, 09:43 PM
haha you look like a creepy stalker. A serial killer that many years later ppl discover a photo liek that

But good to see you guys having fun. I think I should have went..would have been nice weekend break.

Yeah I’m a stalker for Riyad. I got what I wanted. I could have hugged him from behind but that would have been inappropriate.

Stadium was 80% full. A lot of people were on the grass mounds.

PoorFan
August 6, 2018, 07:51 AM
Enjoyed, thanks for sharing.

roman
August 6, 2018, 09:12 AM
NIce pics. I would have gone if Afg dholai didnt happen.

simon
August 6, 2018, 10:39 AM
Haha..nice pics and comments.
Thanks Mufi

Tigers_eye
August 6, 2018, 02:40 PM
Dhonnobad. :)

bujhee kom
August 6, 2018, 02:52 PM
Mufi is the biggest pongta pola!
Got an opportunity and he touched Riyad's buttocks!

mufi_02
August 6, 2018, 03:31 PM
Oh I forgot to mention Rabeed Imam.

He was by hotel lobby alone waiting on players. But no one recognized him. I walk up to him and said Bhaiya can I take a pic? He said “amar shathe??” He acted very surprised. I said I followed him during his journalistic times. He smiled and took a pic. Very nice guy. Humble and friendly. BCB is lucky to have him.

I was gonna mention BC to him but I wasn’t sure if it was him or Isam that used to post here.

aklemalp
August 6, 2018, 03:57 PM
^^ Ohh mufi, that would have been the ultimate exposure for BC. You should have go on to say that you are part of the editorial team of the largest fan forum of Bangladesh cricket

Ahsan
August 6, 2018, 04:11 PM
Great pics, and thanks for sharing Mufi. Excitement from the game is yet to sink in :-) It was a wonderful experience being there in the stadium in USA and watching BD cricket team win in a T20 game over Windies! Couple that - being there with fellow BC folks (Tausif, Naim, One World bhai etc), and my 7 yr old who enjoyed the game, BD folks, stadium food and, of course ice cream :) She kept saying - I see only BD people here. Is this Bangladesh hahaha. Oh we were on live TV when Shakib hit his first 4 in 2nd T20 :)


Oh if I knew players were staying in Marriots, I would have stayed in that one instead of the Marriot by the beach :-( What a miss!

iDumb
August 8, 2018, 09:06 AM
https://www.thedailystar.net/news/sports/bangladesh-cricket/shakib-al-hasan-clears-the-air-surrounding-altercation-fan-1617625


what did you do Mufi or Rifat?

While what he says is understandable but it is equally wrong to engage with fans like that regardless of the situation.

having said that, we do have a lot of third class fans (regardless of location) and i probably would side with shakib if the fan lashed out on him for not giving him a selfie pic.

One World
August 8, 2018, 09:30 AM
@ rifat/naim/tausif/oneworld/ahsan/rest bhais, please share your pics/experiences here if you want.

I posted few pics in get together thread.

Caution: Nowhere near interesting as those by Mufi :)

Tausif
August 8, 2018, 11:16 PM
Nice pics Mufi, thanks for sharing. What a wonderful experience it was watching the Tigers play live. Last time I saw them was back in 2015 when India was touring and Fizz got 6 wickets. The experience was almost the same with so many Bangladeshi fans around! It felt like I was in SBNCS again. And being able to enjoy with some of our BC members (Ahsan bhai, One World bhai, Naim bhai, Rifat bhai etc.) was even better. Terrific atmosphere and result overall.

Already looking forward to the next time they come ;)